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Tom Anichini owns Egg-Free Epicurean along with his wife, Amy Jones Anichini, who founded the business in 2009. Tom is an actuary and an investment professional. He holds an MBA in Finance from the Chicago Booth School of Business and a BS in Actuarial Science from the University of Illinois. He is also a CFA charter holder and an Associate of the Society of Actuaries. He lives in San Diego with his wife and two daughters.

Four Reasons to Attend the SEES Country Fair on April 30

1. Enjoy live demonstrations in Bushikan Karate and performances by Atomic Groove and the San Elijo Dance and Music Academy. 2. Support the HMM–163, a Marine Corps helicopter squadron, during their seven month deployment on the USS Boxer. Each grade … Continue reading

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Peanut allergy treatment – progress or a false inference?

  In addition to news from FAAN, FAI, and KFA, we rely on food allergy news alerts we assembled on Google. It has been insightful to see the stories that pass the filters in these alerts. Three types of stories … Continue reading

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Florida school parents protest allergy safety plan?

  Can I be reading this correctly? Parents Protest Over Girl’s Peanut Allergy Controversy Erupts At Edgewater Elementary Public School “On average, it’s probably a good 30 minutes taken out of the day. That’s my child’s education. Thirty minutes could be … Continue reading

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Nut-free cupcakes available in San Diego

Anyone who knows Amy is aware she doesn’t do anything recklessly. After spending years learning how to bake cupcakes without eggs, and months perfecting her cupcake recipes, she is making cupcakes available to Egg-Free Epicurean pick-up customers. First the bad … Continue reading

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Wait! It Gets Even Better…

Yesterday I posted about the cognitive dissonance displayed by our daughter’s teacher on Valentine’s Day. Never mind food allergies, she violated school district policy by having the children do a an art project with candy. I have learned that she … Continue reading

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Cognitive dissonance and food allergy safety

Even the best intended people, especially if they don’t have to manage food allergies in their own personal lives, can make dubious choices. (Just see previous blog posts for some of my own.) After moving to San Diego, one of … Continue reading

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More Food Allergy Teaching Moments: Ice Rink Birthday Party

Saturday I accompanied our daughter to her best friend’s birthday party at the local ice rink.  With the Chargers not making the playoffs I was bracing for a crowded Iceoplex, but the crowd wasn’t too large, thanks to unseasonably warm … Continue reading

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Food allergies nonsense? Where did this “30%” come from anyway?

In every food allergy denier article I come across about how few people really have food allergies, predictably it touts how the number of people who really have food allergies isn’t 30%, but in fact much lower than 10%.  This raises … Continue reading

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Food allergy lessons learned better: class parties and field trips

I received plenty of feedback after my previous post on the food allergy safety lessons I learned following my daughter’s field trip and class party.  Since not all the feedback was posted in the comments section, for our readers’ edification … Continue reading

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Food allergy lesson learned: Best intentions at parties can lead to chaos

After having created a series of posts and a video regarding food allergy fun on Halloween, and created a well-received music video on food allergy awareness over the holidays, you’d think we had all our bases covered.  But the end … Continue reading

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Nut Vaccine Progress!

But by the time this vaccine is available in Australia, our daughter will be applying for college.  Perhaps it will be available here by the time she has her own food allergic children. Continue reading

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Who Didn’t See This Coming? “Study warns against US rush to approve gene-altered salmon”

As an impartial observer of this topic, I thought this fight was inevitable. To remind you, a brand of genetically altered salmon has seemingly been poised to receive FDA approval, as was mentioned here a few months ago. I was … Continue reading

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Flu shot with an egg allergy, more on FAAN walk

We posted another video clip from the San Diego Food Allergy Walk last weekend. This one features Adrienne, a friendly lady with opinions on how a blondie should taste. She was impressed, nearly to the point of disbelief, with her experience trying our Campfire Blondie for the first time. We got a kick out of her reactions such as “It’s perfect!” and asking Amy “How do you do that?” Continue reading

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FAAN Walk San Diego 2010 – Pleased to meet you

I’ve posted a video to our channel with one charming young man who gave us his nonverbal testimonial for Campfire Blondies. We get a kick out of watching him enjoy his treat and we really enjoy watching his mom enjoy watching him. Neat.

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“Allergy Awareness Anthem”: Food Allergy Safety for the Holidays

Jordan and Chase have written lyrics adapted to the tune of “Jingle Bells” about managing the challenges of enjoying the holiday season with food allergies.

Whether a friendly reindeer offers you candy on your way home from school, or you attend a holiday party with unlabeled foods, it’s always critical to keep safe. Read labels and avoid eating unlabeled foods.

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Nestle Recalls “Fun Size” Raisinets

In our Halloween fun safety series, we repeatedly mentioned that “fun size” candies frequently are packaged in a different facility from their larger kin, and might have missing, incomplete, or inaccurate labeling. See our mentions of “fun size” here.

Amy also mentioned the treachery of “fun size” candies in our Halloween PSA video.
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Two New Studies, One Says Your Children’s Food Allergies are Your Fault

A Finnish study published in June and now available online at the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health shows a birth month phenomenon pertaining to food allergies. Finnish children born in October-November exhibit higher prevalence of food allergies than those born later in the year. The researchers suggest a link between the pollen concentration at the time of conception and the likelihood of food allergies.

That’s right, the time of conception is to blame. Parents, our children’s food allergies ARE OUR FAULT!
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Links to Helpful Resources on Halloween Food Allergy Safety

No doubt there are other writers out there posting lists of safe sweets for the food allergic on Halloween – feel free to cite them in the comments. Continue reading

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Food allergy fun on Halloween – a public service video from Egg-Free Epicurean

That said, as I’ve learned from Amy, who can get our girls excited about putting laundry away as if it were a game, instead of just transacting the trades, it’s better to play up the trading activity and celebrate it. If your children are having fun, so will you. Continue reading

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Make your food allergic child feel special on Halloween: Turn safety steps into celebrations

The previous posts discussed what to dispense to trick-or-treaters who knock on your door, and what to have on hand for your own child when he returns from trick-or-treating. In short, have a safe supply, including non-food items, for trick-or-treaters … Continue reading

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Making Halloween Fun for The Food Allergic: What to have on hand for your food allergic child

The previous post discussed what to dispense to trick-or-treaters who knock on your door. In short, Halloween presents a perfect opportunity for you to spread food allergy awareness to trick-or-treaters and any of their chaperones, so take advantage of it. … Continue reading

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Making Halloween Fun for The Food Allergic: What to Dispense Yourself

The previous post discussed the lurking dangers of Halloween size candies for the food allergic.  In short, “fun size” treats commonly either do not list food allergen labeling at all, or (even more insidiously) they might be produced in a … Continue reading

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Trick-or-treating with food allergies – make it a blast!

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True or false: delaying introduction of a food increases an infant’s chance of becoming allergic to it

My biggest question with this finding is how long does the sensitivity persist beyond 12 months? Would infants who just had egg introduced at 11-1/2 months still have a higher likelihood of sensitivity at say, 24 months or 36? Continue reading

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Food allergy news: Promising research findings from Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins researchers have published a promising study in the journal Nature in which they appeared to induce oral tolerance of an allergen in mice. Whether the tolerance translates to humans, and whether the tolerance translates beyond oral exposure to include inhalation and physical contact remains to be seen, but it’s still promising.
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Announcements, including giveaway winner

We will be rolling out additional products in the future, likely including cupcakes and additional cookie flavors. We will also be offering different packaging choices — presently we send our products sealed in generous single serving portions, but in the … Continue reading

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Taking food allergies seriously enough to use a dedicated facility

Last weekend we enjoyed our trip to attend the wedding.  Our daughter’s restaurant meal was perfect, and at the reception she was too enthralled with the whole event to notice what she was eating.  Of course at both venues she had … Continue reading

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Food allergies = getting bullied at school?

From Eurekalert: A Mt. Sinai School of Medicine research study found that food allergic kids were approximately twice as likely to be bullied as the general population of school children. Continue reading

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AquAdvantage Salmon: Genetically Engineered – Allergy Concern?

This NYT story caught my eye.  Evidently AquAdvantage Salmon, genetically engineered salmon that grow immensely and rapidly, seem likely to become “first genetically engineered animal to enter the American food supply.” The FDA is scheduled to hold a hearing on … Continue reading

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Grand Opening Giveaway Contest: Campfire Blondies

To help kick off the grand opening of our online shop we’re announcing our first giveaway: 1 box of Campfire Blondies, our hand made smores bars: a $35 value, plus free ground shipping anywhere in the US. Continue reading

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Food Allergy News Roundup and new online store announcement

Timely (for us) post on serving the food allergic at a wedding reception by From I Will to I Do.  We’re attending a close relative’s wedding soon, which makes it timely.  Bottom line — the food allergic are only too … Continue reading

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln Food site is a great resource for more than just food allergies

Long heralded for Food Allergy Research and Resource Program (FARRP), with its more general Food website University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) continues to emerge as an authority on food science and an accessible information resource on food safety and other food-related matters. Continue reading

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Plumpy’nut, hypoallergenic peanuts, and food allergies

A peanut-derived miracle food is saving millions from malnutrition, as discussed in this weekend’s NYT Magazine article on Plumpy’nut.  No doubt that will be news to some, but Plumpy’nut has been around for a while.  60 Minutes first aired its story on … Continue reading

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Food Allergy News Highlights: August 28 to September 3

The Regulation Room is soliciting comments on its summary of comments about the Department of Transportation’s proposed Consumer Rule II, which includes language about the safety of flyers with peanut allergies.  While it’s too late to comment on the proposal … Continue reading

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Is Your School’s Food Allergy Policy Passive or Active?

I have the impression that teachers and administrations mean well but unless they’re affected first hand by food allergies their motivation is limited. Go ahead and nudge them.

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First Day of School Advice from “Trying Our Best”

“The Mrs.” at Trying Our Best has a nice heartfelt post on sending a food allergic child off to kindergarten for the first time.

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Keep them smiling: Plan well in advance for a trip with food allergies

Whenever we travel we always plan well in advance around our daughter’s food allergies. There’s more to planning than making sure your EpiPen is handy. Continue reading

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Egg-allergic daughter to receive flu shot for the first time this fall

Evidently some practitioners had been giving a skin test first, interpreting a negative skin test reaction to the vaccine as a green light to administer the entire flu vaccine dosage in a single shot. The researchers advised against this: never mind the skin test, just give everyone the more protracted multi-stage approach for the egg allergic.

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Food allergy backlash: Use it as motivation

Food allergy backlash like this, ignorant though it may be, is merely a signal of just how much more work there is to do to spread awareness. Food allergy advocates, just take it as a catalyst to keep it up. The eventual change is inevitable. Continue reading

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You need to interpret food labels, not just read them

Whether you’re starting your own food brand or just trying to interpret food labels, you ought to be aware of FARRP. Continue reading

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NYT still learning about food allergies

This Sunday’s NYT Magazine includes a food allergy article in “Cooking With Dexter.” While the choice of a recipe including shrimp and crab meat might be regrettable, this article will give food allergies good visibility.

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New food allergy restaurant guide launched

From the Norwich Bulletin comes news of an online restaurant directory, Allergy Eats, which rates restaurants on their food allergy friendliness. Crowd sourced information needs crowds, so become a member and contribute. Allergy Eats blog

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